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Disks, saw blades, shields, manhole covers, and metal plates are effective weapons when thrown. Manhole covers are a favorite among supers in an urban setting, as the strength required to lift one and throw it like a frisbee would induce Fridge Logic if the thrower was a non-super. However, normals can still improvise with CDs, plates, vinyls, or even pizzas, which will be Played for Laughs.

This type of weapon is typically a Pinball Projectile or Precision-Guided Boomerang.

A close relative to Killer Yo-Yo and Rings of Death. See also Improvised Weapon, and Improbable Use of a Weapon. For discs that hold deadly data, see Magic Floppy Disk.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Buso Renkin: Gouta Nakamura's buso renkin is the Motor Gear, a pair of razor-sharp chakrum that resemble gears. When thrown, Gouta can control their speed and direction from a distance, and ensure they always return to his hands. Gouta is also able to attach the Gears to parts of his body to enhance his hand-to-hand combat power and his movement speed.
  • Dragon Ball:
  • In Gamaran we see a minor Muhou School minion using a chakram as his weapon of choice. Kashitarou correctly identified the weapon as a Chakram and explained that overall it was similar to a shuriken, but far more dangerous due to his size, sharpness and shape.
  • In One Piece, Doctor Hogback's zombie maid Cindry despises dinner plates and uses them as her preferred weapon because she enjoys breaking them.
  • Eternal Sailor Moon does this with a pizza. Though it's technically a Shout-Out to her first attack, Moon Frisbee/Moon Tiara Action, she no longer has a tiara in the Eternal form.
  • Series II of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman has Eagle Ken armed with a discus in place of his eagle-shaped boomerang.
  • Season two of Symphogear introduces Shirabe, whose armed gear provides her with various flavors of saw blade. This includes flingable pairs that are easily her size and smaller ones that are fired as a Spam Attack.
  • Yes! Pretty Cure 5: Komachi Akimoto/Cure Mint's Emerald Saucer is a shield that can be tossed to destroy and purify the enemy.

    Asian Animation 
  • Happy Heroes: In Season 2 episode 39, the sewage truck monster attacks by throwing sewer lids like disks.

    Comic Books 
  • Issue 174 of the DC Universe's Blackhawk had a villain who fired spinning saw blades from a flying Monowheel Mayhem device.
  • In Buck Godot: Zap Gun for Hire, the TN notifier's wide-brimmed hat is in fact a seeker missile. It is unknown whether it returns to the wielder, since Buck tricked it into running into a destructive forcefield.
  • Captain America:
    • Steve Rogers has used trash can lids (he was out of costume and had to improvise). Of course, the example he's best known for remains his mighty shield.
    • Captain America's one-time sidekick Nomad used weighted throwing disks as weapons.
  • In Cavewoman: Rampage, Meriem uses a manhole cover to decapitate the lizard man rampaging through downtown Marshville.
  • Luke Cage has a minor villain called Discus. Guess what he hurls as weapons?
  • In The New Universe, Paranormal Platoon member Metallurge can exert telekinetic control over metal. The one prop he always uses is a vintage hubcap.
  • Sachs & Violens: The executioner in the Snuff Films carries a razor-edged metal disc that he can throw with enough force and accuracy to decapitate someone.
  • Slingers superhero Ricochet, who has the super-ability to throw discs and have them hit whatever he wants.
  • Spider-Man once used a manhole cover while battling a Sentinel.
  • Superman foe Terra-Man wore spurs that could transform in deadly spinning discs he could control remotely.
  • Ozymandias uses his plate as one during the climactic fight of Watchmen.
  • Wonder Woman owns several round shields, and while she rarely uses them in her guise as a superhero when she is needed to act as the champion of Paradise Island she proves to be just as adept at throwing them as she is at using her tiara as a boomerang.

    Fan Works 
  • In Empath: The Luckiest Smurf, prior to his being transported into a TRON-like world in "Inside The Game", Hefty plays a game of frisbee dodgeball with his fellow Smurfs, which Smurfette sees as a brutal game.

    Film — Animation 
  • Elasti-Girl in The Incredibles uses a manhole cover to take out the robot's laser. She doesn't have the super-strength to fling it normally (as evidenced by her effort to lift it), so she stretches her arm around a street lamp and sling-shots it at the robot.
  • Kung Fu Panda 2: Parodied when Po hurls an ordinary hat at a chain, thinking his kung fu skills can make it slice through. It doesn't work.
  • The LEGO Movie: Lord Business decapitates Vitruvius by throwing a penny at him.
  • Used twice in Toy Story 2. Buzz Lightyear throws discs at Emperor Zurg during the videogame opening sequence and the fight on top of the elevator.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • CDs in 3 Ninjas, though mainly as a distraction.
  • Abbott And Costello Go To Mars: The Venusian weapon of choice, as their guards fling items resembling metal plates. They use them to knock out Orville when they first see him.
  • In Back to the Future Part II, Marty uses an ashtray with star-like blades sticking out in Biff's office.
  • In Back to the Future Part III, it's an instance of creating a Stable Time Loop again, as the insinuation is that it's the original Frisby pie plate that inspired the phenomenon that led to the Frisbee.
  • Batman Returns: The Batmobile fires high-speed discus-style discs that Batman uses in the opening fight to unseat Skull Riders.
  • Jet Li's Super-Soldier character in Black Mask somehow manages to critically wound his former commanding officer by throwing a CD at his neck. Said CD manages to cut into the neck and is halfway in.
  • Buddha's Palm: Yu Hua, the Dark Action Girl, can combine a dozen throwing knives into a single, jagged-edged disc that homes into her targets. She notably uses this weapon to kill Ouyang via decapitation.
  • In Commando, Matrix kills two goons by throwing circular saw blades at them.
  • Darkman II: The Return of Durant: "This guy says 'The Phantom of the Opera' threw a manhole cover like a frisbee."
  • Gamera
    • Guiron can fire throwing stars from depressions in the side of his head, just above his eyes. These spinning blades are sharp enough to make Gamera bleed to the point of passing out!
    • Gamera can fly at higher speeds in a similar manner to this trope, retracting his limbs and head into his shell, then erupt jets of fire from the openings and spin like a frisbee.
  • The possessed miners in John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars use sharp metal discs as one of their weapons of choice. When properly thrown, a disc can easily decapitate a person.
  • Hancock: How Hancock disposes of Red and gains control of Red's detonator to bombs on hostages after Red calls Hancock an asshole. Hancock made it by flattening a metal pole lamp shade and pinching the edge to make it sharp.
  • In the prologue to Headless Horseman, Headless decapitates a Confederate soldier with a razor edged disc.
  • A disc jockey in Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth is turned into a compact disc-flinging cyborg-like monster.
  • The fundamental subject of 1990's movie I Come in Peace, where an alien with a flying killing disc gets on Earth and Dolph Lundgren gets to handle it.
  • The Predators, starting with the one from Predator 2 onward, have been shown to use a disc which can slice clean through multiple targets and return to the wielder. In AVP: Alien vs. Predator and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, the disc was changed to a shuriken, though the games typically stick with the Predator 2 incarnation.
  • In Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Scott chucks a cymbal from a drum set right at Matthew Patel's head.
    Matthew Patel: This is impossible. How can this be?
    Scott Pilgrim: Open your eyes. Maybe you'll see!
  • In Serial Killing 4 Dummys, Casey kills Mr. Grimaldi by throwing a circular saw blade that buries itself in his skull.
  • Records are used in Shaun of the Dead, to no real effect.
  • Stay Tuned has Mr. Spike toss a record at Roy during the music video scene. It misses and gets stuck in a wall.
  • Superman II: the supervillainess Ursa throws a manhole cover at Superman and knocks him into a car.
  • During the fight in the gym in Tragedy Girls, Sadie throws several barbell weights at Big Al's head.
  • The "identity discs" from TRON; in fact, one of the Atari 2600 / Intellivision games based on the original movie is actually called TRON Deadly Discs. TRON: Legacy switched to Rings of Death, though the devices are still referred to as "identity discs".
  • Used in Twister, during the scene where the tornado hits the drive in theater. Jo, Bill and the team are mostly safe crouched down in the grease pit of a next door garage, but hubcaps go flying though the air and take a nice streak out of one guy's head. Partly his own fault for jumping up to grab a rogue hose flopping around.
  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, while he didn't really mean to use it as a weapon, Judge Doom threw a vinyl record at one of the Weasels when he found out Roger Rabbit was hiding in the bar.
  • In Wild Wild West, Dr. Loveless has a machine that fires high-speed homing saw blades. In a twist, the blades are just solid metal; they gain their tracking ability from huge magnetic collars fastened around their victims' necks.
  • Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain have the Co-Dragons attacking the heroes with magical discs they can control with their chi.


  • In Discworld, this is one deadly form dwarf bread takes. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • In The Infernal Devices, Charlotte Branwell uses two of these on the battle after Blackfriar Bridge.
  • In A Lord from Planet Earth, Sergey ends up on an alien planet and is surprised to learn that all the advanced weaponry utterly fails to work, when neutralizing fields are employed. Thus, Warfare Regression is in play, and everyone uses planar swords that can cut through anything (including each other, so no Blade Locks). Being a veteran soldier and a Combat Pragmatist, Sergey quickly comes up with alternative weapons to give himself an advantage, as he lacks swordfighting experience.He glues shards of broken planar blades to a metal disc and uses it as a thrown weapon several times. The first time, he cleanly decapitates a guard (causing his Love Interest to throw up). However, it fails against the first book's genetically-engineered Big Bad, who casually snatches the weapon out of the air with his Super-Reflexes and points out that Sergey isn't the first to suggest such a weapon, but the rulers of the universe have done their best to ruthlessly suppress such ideas in order to maintain the "honor" of swordfighting. By the second book, Sergey builds himself a Magnetic Weapon that fires smaller versions of such discs, although their center of mass is shifted, so that they act like hollow-point bullets when entering someone's body.
  • Engineer Sam Kelly in Born to Run, part of the SERRAted Edge series by Mercedes Lackey, uses blunted sawblades to great effect, throwing them like a discus. It works in part because he's battling elves highly vulnerable to Cold Iron.
  • In Star Wars Legends, a small and isolated Force-wielding order called the Zeison Sha forgoes lightsabers in favor of discblades. The discblades are razor-sharp, imbued with the Force, and usually plated with cortosis to make them resistant to lightsabers. Their fighting style of throwing, guiding, and summoning their discblades makes them experts at telekinetic combat.
  • Sharpened plates are used as weapons in Wolves of the Calla, the fifth book in The Dark Tower series. There's a legend around them about a woman who took revenge on an evil suitor by inviting him to a banquet, saying that they should both go naked to prove they weren't handling weapons. They did, and she took his head off with a sharpened dinner plate.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who: Part of the Raston Warrior Robot's armament in "The Five Doctors". It uses them to brutally decapitate several Cybermen.
  • In Kamen Rider Gaim, Kiwi Arms' personal weapons are called the Kiwi Gekirin, which resemble blown-up wind-and-fire wheels with a kiwi motif.
  • Midsomer Murders: In "Written in the Stars", the murderer uses a razor-edged disc to slice the throat of the third Victim of the Week.
  • In Robot Wars, one of the most lethal robots was Hypnodisc, who's only weapon was a heavy high-speed circular saw. Unfortunately, it was very prone to failure from becoming unbalanced or unable to spin up, and thus rarely actually won tournaments.
  • Smallville season 9 episode "Savior". A Kandorian woman from the future uses blue kryptonite to negate hers and Clark's powers and attacks him. During the fight she throws a circular saw blade at him at high speed.
  • The Ultra Slash/Halo, used by Ultraman and Zoffy, as well as fellow Ultramen Jack, Ultraman 80, and Scott.
    • Ultraman Ace has Ace using several of his own spin: the Ultra Guillotine, the Guillotine Shot, the Ace Slash, and the Flash Hand Guillotine Type.
    • Ultraman Orb has Orb using several: as Spacium Zepellion with the Sperion Halo, Thunder Breastar with the Zedcium Halo, and the Trinitium Halo as Orb Trinity (though the latter was seen for Ultra Fight Orb).
  • In Xena: Warrior Princess, one of Xena's signature weapons is a razor-edged hoop called a chakram.

    Myths & Religion 
  • The Hindu god Vishnu has the ultimate badass version of this in the Sudarshana Chakra, the most powerful weapon of the Vedas. Even other gods fear its power.
  • Perseus was in a discus throwing competition. Unfortunately, his throw veered and wound up striking a spectator dead — his own grandfather.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Subverted at SHINE 63 when the brawl between Mercedes Martinez and Allysin Kay knocked over a merchandise table and Kay began rapidly whipping DVDs at Martinez, disappointing Kay and giving up a comedic moment in an otherwise serious fight as they proceeded to bounce off of her (they probably did sting but weren't leaving any marks).

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Dark Eye includes discus throwing (explicitely different from throwing discs) as a separate weapon skill and offers ones with bladed edges.
  • Forgotten Realms has a first-level spell named "Flamespin", creating a pinwheel of flame. Unattended, it only hangs where spawned and burns (good to block a window or hatch), but the caster is free to pick it up and beat someone with it, throw it down a corridor, and so on.
  • GURPS Ultra-Tech puts rubber coatings on the rims of its "saucer grenades" so they bounce off walls, with a (presumably timed) warhead inside.
  • Necromunda: One of the unique weapons available to the Scaliesnote  is a discus. A Scaly can throw these crude discs of sharpened scrap metal with lethal force, hitting with similar stats to a low powered plasma gun.
  • In the Vampire: The Eternal Struggle CCG the "Thrown Sewer Lid" is a combat card that requires Potence to use and allows a strong ranged attack.

  • BIONICLE, the successor of the Slizers and Roboriders, reuses the disk as weapons for Matoran. Later, Kanoka Disks were added, fired using a launcher.
  • LEGO: the Throwbots / Slizer series featured robots that throw disks.
  • Starriors had Deadeye, a large battery-powered mechanical dinosaur character that shot "detenator disks" out of his mouth when you used his remote control, which was a mechanical pteradactyl named Cricket. The reason for this was because Deadeye was blind and relied on Cricket to tell him where to aim, while Cricket was deaf due to repeated exposure to the exploding discs.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles featured the Pizza Thrower vehicle in the 1987 toy line, and the similarly-operated Sewer Lid Launcher in the 2003 line. The '87 line also had Pizza Face, a villainous pizza chef who threw pizzas that had been cooked until they were inedibly hard as weapons. The toy had a spring mechanism in his waist to allow him to do this.

    Video Games 
  • Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura's throwing weapons included the chakram, serrated chakram, and a unique version called Azram's Star. The Aerial Decapitator was described as being more elaborate, but looked and functioned the same as the other thrown discs.
  • Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow and Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow have the Disc Armour, which uses a disc on a tether to attack you with. You can get this ability by obtaining the foe's soul. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night also features a variant as a Unique Enemy.
  • The GDI Disc Grenadiers from Command & Conquer: Tiberium Sun had... well, guess. The uniquely-shaped grenades would actually skim off of the ground like skipping stones under the right circumstances, nearly doubling their effective range.
  • Darkstalkers: Jedah is capable of throwing his scythes, in projectile forms they look and cut like sawblades.
  • Dead Rising protagonist Frank West can make use of stacks of plates and CDs as weapons. They work about as well as you'd think too... Until you level Frank up.
  • Dead Rising 2 has the Plate Launcher combo weapon which combines plates and a cement saw to fire plates at zombies with surprising speed, accuracy, and lethality. The spinoff game to Dead Rising 2, known as Off the Record, brings back Frank West and gives players another lethal disc weapon in the Saw Launcher, a tennis ball launcher loaded with circular saw blades that functions somewhat like a Sentry Gun.
  • Dead Space brings you The Ripper, good for when you want to cut a 2x4 from across the room.
  • Destroy All Humans!: Features the Dislocator, which will catch a human on it, fly them into various solid objects to lower the health of the human, and rise into the sky towards the end of its run, exploding and dropping them from massive heights.
  • The unreleased PC webcam game Disc Devil has you and your opponent fighting each other with frisbees.
  • Disc Room is all about this trope. The primary hazard in all levels are various forms of deadly buzzsaws that come in different shapes and sizes, move in different patterns, and/or spawn even more deadly discs.
  • Dwarf Fortress allows the dwarves to forge large serrated discs, a type of weapon that can only be used in weapon traps. Up to ten discs at a time can be placed in a single trap, and due to the way weapon damage is calculated, they are one of the single deadliest (and messiest) conventional trap types in the game, prone to causing Off with His Head!, An Arm and a Leg, Overdrawn at the Blood Bank, and Ludicrous Gibs all at once. In adventure mode, you can throw them, and they're every bit as deadly (though too heavy and hard-to-find to carry many.)
  • The Epic Battle Fantasy series has the Sawblade skill (available in the fourth and fifth game) and its upgraded version (the single-target Triple Sawblades in EBF4, the multi-target Shredder in EBF5), which launch a sawblade (or multiple) at their target. All of them deal moderately high physical damage, ignore defensive buffs, and have a chance to kill instantly.
  • Rinoa of Final Fantasy VIII has a few weapons that function as this, namely Rising Sun and Shooting Star.
  • The Discus from Ghouls 'n Ghosts can be fired horizontally and vertically like any other weapon, but when used while ducking, it hugs the ground clear to the screen's end.
  • The Engineer from Ghouls vs. Humans has the Blade Launcher, which shoots discs that rip through enemies and land on the ground, harming anyone who passes over them. They can also be simply dropped down to make a trap.
  • Bit Monster's IOS game Gunner Z has Tier 3 weapon the BX1 Cutlass which fires high velocity charged discs to cut several targets at once. Upgrades can increase the size of the disc and give it the ability to bounce and hit more targets after the initial victim(s).
  • Half-Life 2: In the level "We Don't Go to Ravenholm", you can pick up sawblades in the sawmill with the gravity gun and use them as deadly discs. They instantly kill anyone they hit and lodge themselves into walls if meeting them with sufficiently high force
  • Hellgate: London: Among the Abnormal Ammo arsenal is a rifle that launches electrified sawblades.
  • Hollow Knight: Gailen's main form of attack is to simply spin his corpse's large scythe so that it acts as a huge buzzsaw. As the fight goes on, he summons two smaller discs that independently move and bounce.
  • Kagero: Deception II introduced saw blades as wall-based traps. They would knock a invader clear to the opposite side of where they were fired from.
  • The Eviscerator from Killing Floor 2 shoots large sawblades with massive force, having the third-highest damage and second-highest penetration power of every weapon in the game. It's magazine-fed, too, and the sawblades can be retrieved and reused after they stop bouncing around. On top of all of that, it can be used as a more conventional buzzsaw by using the motor to spin the blade.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Koloktos wields two circular axes during its first phase. If Link is out of range of its arms, it will throw the axes like frisbees, which will keep flying in circles until they hit the wall or floor.
  • Lost Planet:
    • The first game has the Disc Grenade, which has the added bonus of being a Sticky Bomb.
    • In Lost Planet 2, you also have the Shuriken, which does what the average Deadly Disc does in most games.
  • Downloadable Content to Mass Effect 3 provided the Chakram Launcher, a massive gun classified as an assault rifle that shoots holographic discs which explode on impact. The discs can either be spammed on semiauto for mediocre damage, or powered up for a Charged Attack that deals significantly more damage over a larger area at the cost of seriously reduced rate of fire. While the Chakram Launcher does have the always useful trait of punching through Guardian shields, the way it functions, coupled with some other drawbacks like rather slow projectile speed, small clip size and high weight, put it squarely in Awesome, but Impractical territory.
  • There are a LOT of these in the Meat Boy games.
  • Mega Man:
    • Metal Man's weapon in Mega Man 2. Resurfaces in Mega Man Battle Network 3: White and Blue as one of MetalMan.EXE's signature weapons. Wheel Cutter from Mega Man 10 is a ground-based buzzsaw that can climb up walls.
    • From Mega Man X2, we have the Spin Wheel that acts like the Wheel Cutter, and the Spinning Blade from X3 which launches two circular sawblades that curve behind X.
    • The Shield Boomerang from the Mega Man Zero series can also be thrown as a buzzsaw-like weapon. It even calls back to past "wheel" weapons with an EX Skill from Zero 3 that can let it travel across the ground.
  • Metal Arms: Glitch in the System features "The Ripper", a ricocheting buzz-saw launcher that deals low damage on a direct hit, but is very good at removing enemy limbs.
  • The blade-edged hat of Mortal Kombat's own Kung Lao.
  • The remake of La-Mulana adds one of these as a subweapon; it also acts as a Precision-Guided Boomerang.
  • The Disc Gun in Nuclear Throne, which fires sawblades which bounce off of walls. There's also a Super Disc Gun, which can only be found in specific chests after a certain point in the game. It shoots five discs at once, in a shotgun-like spread.
  • The Reflector weapons in Ōkami and its sequel are this.
  • One of the weapons you can obtain in Perilous Warp is a razor-disc launcher, which fires bladed, circular discs at enemies. Alien mooks executed by this weapon will suffer an Off with His Head!, and it can even be upgraded so the disc bounces off surfaces before embedding into other alien targets.
  • Tee from Puyo Puyo Tetris has one and uses it to help with his attacks.
  • Several weapons throughout the Ratchet & Clank series involve launching circular saw blades at enemies. Many of which track. Or split into more blades upon contact.
  • Quake II Mission Pack: The Reckoning adds the Ion Ripper, a gun which launches energy discs at a medium rate of fire which can ricochet off surfaces to hit unseen enemies around corners. It also adds the Ripper Guard enemy to wield the same weapon against you.
  • Resistance 2: the Splicer's main fire mode launches circular saws that ricochets on walls and splices everything that gets in their way. And with the secondary mode, it can rev up the saw (which can double as a melee weapon during this phase) and when fired, it hits the enemy and splices it from within.
  • In Revolution X, your best weapons against the New Order Nation are CDs fired in rapid-fire fashion.
  • In Rygar the main character's weapon, the diskarmor, is a dangerous disk attached to a retractable rope.
  • Shadow Hearts: Covenant: Tsukiyomi, the Fusion form of Kurando Inugami, is constantly surrounded by a ring of light. In Tsukiyomi's normal attack she telekinetically controls said ring to slice the target multiple times. Effectively, she kills enemies with her own Holy Halo.
  • Two of the partner robots in Shatterhand are equipped with these; one has a boomerang and one bounces.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic has a special fight during their Return of the Gree event. You run through the alien space ship (which is completely lit up with patches of neon color and silver Tron Lines) to obtain a "blue torus." Conventional weapons like lightsabers and blasters do not work on the final boss of the mission. you have to take it out with the torus. Yes, you're in a Star Wars game fighting a giant robot with a Deadly Disc. How's that merger working out, Disney?
  • Sunset Overdrive has the Hi-Fidelity, an electrified record launcher.
  • The Disc Gun from Super Crate Box. It's also a Pinball Projectile. Be careful with it.
  • Super Mario RPG has Geno and his Geno Whirl special attack, which throws an energy disc shaped vaguely like a CD. Properly timed, it hits the damage cap of 9999 on any sufficiently vulnerable enemy and is effectively a One-Hit Kill. The only thing is, it doesn't work on bosses, with the soul exeception of Exor.
  • The 'Ripjack' Sawblade Launcher from SYNTHETIK can fire ricocheting sawblades.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game had a few levels (notably level two) where there were manhole covers that, once approached, would cause Foot Soldiers to pop out of the sewer and throw the manhole cover at you. It could do a fair amount of damage to the turtles if it hit them, but smacking it with their weapons would send it flying back for a One-Hit Kill against any Foot Soldiers in its path.
  • Tower of Guns gives us the Portable Pizza Thrower which is loaded with bouncing sawblades (and pizza at maximum level).
  • The Toy Story 2 video game has a disc launcher as an unlockable weapon, collected by finding Mr. Potato Head's eye and returning it to him in the Construction Yard level. This weapon is essential for defeating the Jackhammer mini-boss in the same level, as well as opening the drawers in the office to get a Pizza Planet Token in the Al's Toy Barn level.
  • Transformers: Fall of Cybertron introduces a new weapon, the Gear Shredder, that fires up to three buzzsaw-style discs that ricochet off walls and visibly get stuck in the characters they hit.
  • Tribes :
    • The trademark weapon is the Spinfusor — a handheld frisbee launcher. Glowing blue frisbees that EXPLODE. It's basically a Rocket Launcher in the list of Standard FPS Guns, with an actual Missile Launcher only used against vehicles and any infantry foolish enough to use their jetpacks enough to raise their heat signatures. Tribes Ascend added a variety of alternate spinfusor, including a hand-thrown spinfusor disc which the Juggernaut can throw like a frisbee at enemies. It's faster than the regular spinfusor and hits as hard.
    • Even better, the second game's physics engine allows spinfusor discs to ricochet off the surface of water bodies if fired at a narrow angle. And then we haven't even talked about the significant knockback which further cements its status as the rocket launcher equivalent in other ways as well...
    • The Spinfusor in Ascend is its own weapon type, with the heavy-duty Heavy and Devastator Spinfusors of the Brute, faster firing Light and Dueling Spinfusors for the Pathfinder, the greater splash radius of the Juggernaut's Spinfusor MKD, the "Silenced" Stealth Spinfusor of the Infiltrator, and the dual-shot Twinfusors used by Pathfinders, Soldiers, and Juggernauts.
  • TRON:
  • The Turok series has the Razor Wind weapon (nothing to do with the trope of the same name).
  • Unreal:
    • Unreal Tournament has the Ripper, a weapon firing giant rotating sawblades that ricochets off walls and can decapitate opponents (or its wielder if fired perpendicularly at a wall) with a headshot. Its secondary function fires a blade that can't ricochet or decapitate... because it explodes on contact, flinging the unfortunate target into the air and potentially knocking them off ledges.
    • The Ripper itself evolved out of the Razorjack, a Skaarj hunting weapon featured in Unreal. The Razorjack launched small, rotating shurikens with the same function as the Ripper while the secondary function fires the weapon Gangsta Style and gives some control over the shuriken's trajectory when ricocheting off something. Emphasis on 'some' control.
    • Later installments removed the Ripper but some mods have restored it in some way or another. One such example is the C.U.T.T.E.R. from ChaosUT 2: Evolution. It has the same primary fire mode but the secondary instead launches a blade that shatters upon impact into around a dozen shards that all do damage to whoever they hit.
  • One of the weapons in Vanquish is called the disc shooter. It shoots homing discs that boomerang. Luckily, they don't damage the player on return.
  • In Warframe, Grineer Eviscerators wield the Miter, a saw blade launching weapon. The blades can be rapid-fired or charged up for more damage, can penetrate multiple enemies, and will ricochet off obstacles. The Tenno can reverse-engineer and wield the weapon themselves, and use components of it in the construction of the Panthera, a Tenno sawblade launcher that rapidly fires saw blades, and can suspend a spinning sawblade a meter away from the barrel to be used like a chainsaw.
  • The Wind Road has the female acolytes in the last stages who uses bladed metal hoops as weapons.
  • Xena: Warrior Princess, based on the TV series of the same name, have Xena's chakram included as her backup weapon. It's very useful in hitting enemies in hard-to-reach locations (such as archers), kills most low-tier mooks in one hit, can weaken the Cyclops boss during battle (Go for the Eye, of course), and deals severe damage to the Minotaur boss (four hits via chakram and the Minotaur's dead).

    Web Animation 
  • Rinoa's shield/boomerang/buzzsaw Silenced Tear in Dead Fantasy II.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • Waterbenders in Avatar: The Last Airbender can throw razor-edged ice disks.
  • Depthcharge of Beast Wars fires energy disks.
  • Birdman (1967) episode "Train Trek". The villain fires the "Guided Disc" (a giant spinning circular saw blade) at Birdman.
  • Worlds Greatest Heroes: Sue creates a disc-shaped projectile to decapitate an Iron Man suit that is attacking the team.
  • Brainy Smurf in The Smurfs (1981) throws a clay discus into Gargamel's face in order to help the Smurfs escape from him in "Tattle-Tail Smurfs".
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Turtles do this constantly in the 1987 cartoon with manhole covers. Considering manhole covers generally weight about 150 pounds (likely much more on high-traffic New York streets) and the turtles were generally speed fighters, one would think that they would favor an easier-to-utilize weapon to throw...


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Metal Man

Metal Man is one of the eight robot masters in the second Mega Man game. His special weapon is metal blade, circular razor sharp blades that are made of titanium metal which he produces. Defeating him grants Mega Man his weapon. (Gameplay done by NafrielX) (

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